Pisco is a spirit made from distilled grape wine. In this pretty cocktail, it’s paired with an anise simple syrup that gives just the right bite without being overpowering.
Part of being a great hostess is having what I call a back pocket cocktail. You know, a signature recipe you have in your back pocket for entertaining. We always have a stash of wine and good beer on hand, but there’s just something about mixing up a great cocktail that makes any gathering an occasion.
Pisco is popping up in cocktails everywhere right now. Formerly, this spirit that was traditionally distilled from grape wine in Chile and Peru was usually found in Pisco Sours. Pisco Sours feature egg white and lime and are pretty dang delicious. But it’s really time for a new star (anise? I’m so punny, right?).
This Chilcano de Anis Pisco cocktail features pisco and the aromatic flavors of anise. I’ve never been one for anise or fennel. Most of the time it’s just too strong and overpowers whatever dish it’s in.
The Chilcano de Anis Pisco cocktail is completely different. A bit of sweetness and the bite of ginger beer mellow out the anise so it’s much more subtle and pleasant than you might expect. Also, how pretty are those anise pods floating in it?… Read More »